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Birgit Monks



Birgit Monks

Adjunct Faculty (POC)

  • Program Chair Child and Adolescent Development- Union Institute and Univeristy

  • Campus:
  • Pasadena
  • Online
Human Development and Education
Pacific Oaks College
Address Map of 45 W Eureka Street Pasadena CA 91103
45 W Eureka Street
Pasadena, CA 91103

Adjunct Faculty and Alumnae Pacific Oaks College, School of Education

Doctor Birgit Monks completed her Bachelor and Masters of Arts degree in Human Development at Pacific Oaks College and her Doctorate in Education at Fielding Graduate University.

Doctor Monks has been adjunct faculty for Human Development and Early Childhood Education since 2013. She also served as faculty advisor for the undergraduate program in the school of education, early childhood education. She has experience working with children and families oversees and in the United States. Her most recent role was a position as director of a state and federally funded preschool and toddler program at a community college campus.

She was also responsible to establish and maintain accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children, NAEYC, for the early childhood program at the community college.

Upon entering Pacific Oaks College, Doctor Monks has developed a passion for social justice and diversity, teaching and educating adult students on implicit bias, multicultural issues, and gender inequality and presented workshops at several conferences, including NAEYC.

Her dissertation, Increasing Capacity - A Grounded Theory Study explains how people discover and overcome deficiencies. People's common goal in increasing capacity is to be free from anxiety, enjoy one's tasks and to work at ease. She is interested in facilitating learning for adults, research focusing on early child development and education, brain functions and patterns of human behaviors

Education History
Degree Institution Year
Ed.D. Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA 2011
Masters of Arts - Human Development Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, CA 2006
Bachelors of Arts - Human Development Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, CA 2004
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member NAEYC
Member Every Child California
Member N4C- National Coalition of Campus Children's Centers
Child Development Director Permit, California
P.I.T.C. Certified Trainer or Infant/Toddler Care, California
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Chair San Bernardino County Local Planning Council
Former Secretary California Association for the Association of Young Children
Former President Elect/Treasurer AAEYC
Director Mentor California Mentor Program
Instructor Foothill Family Shelter Upland, CA
Program Chair Child and Adolescent Development Union Institute and University
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Child & Adolescent Development Cognitive Development
Social Development
Diversity Multicultural Training
Developmental Learning
Early Childhood Education General Expertise
Learning through Play
Trauma informed ECE
Ethical & Legal Issues Code of Conduct for Practitioners
Higher Education Teaching Adult Learners
Leadership Non Profit Leadership
Social Justice Race & Ethnicity

Grounded Theory Study - Increasing Capacity

Question and Answer
Please describe your teaching philosophy.

My philosophy of teaching is that individual learn best by doing. Each person has different learning styles, however, being actively involved helps any individual to learn and understand. In my opinion, teaching is facilitating learning for each other. Every person has knowledge gained through life experience or formal training, sharing this knowledge and applying it to educational theories or concepts helps to understand and increase a person's skills.


Monks, Birgit (2012). Increasing Capacity-A Grounded Theory Study. Saarbruecken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing.

Curriculum Vitae